MIDs

  • Dell’s 5-inch Android MID leaks out

    It looks like Dell’s rumored slightly-larger-than-an-iPod-touch Android MID that we heard about back in late June has finally seen the light of day. Apparently called the Dell Streak (I hope that’s not the final product name), it’s a 5-inch mobile internet device similar to the recently-released Archos 5 Internet Tablet with the added functionality of 3G wireless data… Read More

  • Quick Look: Archos 5 Internet Tablet

    The Fedex man (his name is Gary) dropped off the Android-powered Archos 5 Internet Tablet this morning. I, in turn, opened the box and took photos of the aforementioned device. Read More

  • Archos 9 tablet due October 22 for $499

    Here’s a little more info on the Archos 9 Tablet. Apparently it’ll be available here in the US on October 22nd, the same day Windows 7 is available. The price tag is pretty aggressive at $499, too. Read More

  • Rumor: Tegra-based devices running Chrome OS this month?

    Here’s a nice, juicy rumor to start the day off on the right (or wrong) foot. After those recent supposed screenshots of Google’s upcoming Chrome OS, Taiwan’s Shanzai.com is now reporting the following: “According to our reliable sources on the Mainland, both Lenovo and Acer are planing to launch Tegra-based devices running Google’s Chrome OS, and the word on… Read More

  • Is 2010 the year of the tablet? Nah.


    There’s a lot of talk of 2010 being the year of the tablet or, more correctly, the year of the Mobile Internet Device (MID). These devices were supposed to change the world a few years ago (remember Origami?) but never did and we basically bumped over MIDs and into netbooks, resulting in the race to the bottom we’re now seeing. But now we learn that Dell might be making a MID and… Read More

  • XpPhone is a giant phone that runs XP or a small computer that makes phone calls

    The idea that this “phone” runs Windows XP is kind of a stretch, yet it’s being called the XpPhone. It’s pretty much a UMPC or MID, though, that happens to make phone calls because, man oh man, would you need some billowy Hammer Pants to carry this thing around in your pocket as your primary phone. Add to that the five hour battery life and a weight that I can only… Read More

  • Intel details next-generation 'Pine Trail' Atom platform, intros updated 'Moblin' UI

    Intel just held a teleconference outlining some information on its next Atom platform, code-named “Pine Trail” and introduced a new beta version of its “Moblin” user interface for upcoming Atom-based netbooks, nettops, MIDs, embedded systems, and in-vehicle entertainment systems. Here are some notes from the call… Read More

  • Chinese internet tablet touts 7-inch screen, 48-hour battery

    The “Smart Q7″ internet tablet represents a somewhat-intriguing step forward in coffee table internet devices in that it features a relatively large 7-inch screen and the promise of a full 48 hours of battery life before needing to be recharged. Read More

  • Memphis police purchase and deploy 1,200 REDFLY units

    The REDFLY Mobile Companion embiggens even the smallest of compatible Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs. In light of this, the Memphis police department just threw down for 12,000 of the devices and deployed them in their cruisers, saying, “The REDFLYs save hardware costs while increasing productivity and also improving the quality and accuracy of the officers’ field reports.” Read More

  • Swiveling MID prototype with Palm-like keyboard is an enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a mystery

    Where to begin? The above device was apparently displayed at Computex back in June and had been speculated by some to be called the Palm Roteo (due to the very Palm-like keyboard) but has since been identified by Pocketables as the Compal Tabasco. Well, wouldn’t you know it, apparently in August a little rumor was floating around about Palm placing an order for five million units of… Read More

  • Intel to release 32nm Atom chip (‘Medfield’) in 2010

    By this time next year, the line between netbooks, UMPCs, handhelds, palmtops, netblets, MIDs, and whichever other portable internet doodads you can think of might get all the more blurry with Intel’s 32-nanometer “Medfield” Atom chip. The current “Diamondville” chip is 45 nanometers, which is already pretty small. The Medfield chip is thought to be aimed more at… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sony Mylo 2 for $199 with free shipping

    Crutchfield has the Sony Mylo 2 for $199 after a $100 instant rebate. For the record, the whole idea of instant rebates is brilliantly dumb but, hey, don’t poke at the beehive, right? The Mylo series fits into that otherworldly class of “mobile internet devices” that have Wi-Fi connections but don’t use cell networks. So your $200 gets you online wherever you’re… Read More

  • ‘Hybrid Dual Portable Computer’ gets Atom-ized

    Back in March, you and I briefly chatted about the Hybrid Dual Portable Computer, or HDPC, from a company called MIU out of Korea. It appears that MIU has updated the once-chunky HDPC into a somewhat less-chunky version that now uses Intel’s Atom processor over its predecessor’s VIA C7M ULV chip. According to Jenn over at Pocketables, The “dual” part of the HDPC… Read More

  • Video: PocketSurfer 2R mobile internet device

      We’ve had brushes with the PocketSurfer mobile internet device in the past, but here’s a look at the PocketSurfer 2R – an update to the PocketSurfer 2. If you haven’t heard of the PocketSurfer before, it’s kind of an odd device as it uses a way-slow Vodafone GPRS connection as its data conduit. Read More

  • Move Networks brings TV to Intel's MIDs


    Internet TV service Move Networks announced that it will bring its media player to Intel Atom-based Mobile Internet Devices. As part of the joint development Intel demonstrated Move’s streaming technology for MIDs at its Developer Forum in San Francisco this week. Move’s suggested uses for streaming TV to MIDs include: “a sports fan could view a live football game in… Read More

  • Intel re-brands Centrino Atom to just Atom

    Intel is re-branding their Centrino Atom line, shortening the name to simply Atom. By making the brand name less confusing, Intel should be able to more specifically differentiate Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) from more traditional laptops that are associated with the Centrino name. The Centrino Atom chip package was unveiled earlier this year. Formerly codenamed “Menlow”, the… Read More

  • Gigabyte M528 available for $684.99

    Here’s the Gigabyte M528, reported earlier in the year to be available for pre-order at a whopping $1130. Looks like that figure has now been cut almost in half and the device is actually available for order at Expansys for $684.99, although it’s “not a stocked item and will be ordered from the distributor when you place an order.” As for the M528 itself, it’s kind… Read More

  • Mobile Linux to rule MIDs


    According to the latest report from ABI Research, Linux is set to be top dog in the mobile OS wars by 2013. The research firm predicts that Linux, led by Moblin, LiMo and Maemo, will be the OS for more than 50 million mobile Internet devices (MIDs) in five years. ABI calls the MID market the “first real example of a greenfield situation” in that its believes all mobile OSs will… Read More

  • Digifriends modular MID coming to US ‘very soon’

    Jenn over at Pocketables has some news about a mobile Internet device called the “Digifriends MID” that’s set to show up here in the US “very soon,” according to a company spokesperson. While this device was originally shown way back at CES and might look like another dopey, no-keyboard MID, it’s got an interesting array of snap-on accessories; a QWERTY… Read More